DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Islamic State launched two simultaneous large-scale raids on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border amid a wider bid safeguards ISIS-held towns on the Euphrates River from looming army offensives.

After unleashing a large convoy through the desert of Anbar, jihadist belligerents overran a major Al-Kilo checkpoint based around a bridge northwest of the junction city of Rutbah.

During the attack, the Islamic State not only seized an Iraqi Army checkpoint but also captured a large batch of armaments before setting the area alight and withdrawing back to their initial positions near the Syrian border:

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These type of ISIS raids are more common in western Anbar than anywhere else in the region. Two consecutive propaganda videos were even released on the matter recently.

In the month of July, a total of 16 similar Islamic attacks have occurred across Anbar province, an Iraqi military source told Al-Masdar News.

With Mosul fully liberated, the Shia-led Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have announced they intended to expel the Islamic State from the entire border and thus, managed to liberate the major town of Al-Baaj in western Nineveh last month.

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